THE TRADERS of city are up in arms against the decision of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation not to remove, relocate or evict any street vendor from sector markets.
The number of vendors has increased manifold in various markets. These vendors occupy parking and other areas, causing inconvenience to general public and traders. There are around 15,000 street vendors in the city. Prior to the order, the civic body used to remove the street vendors and issue challans.
The traders of Sector 22 and other sectors have been pressing the corporation to reconsider its decision by staging protest outside MC office in Sector 17. As per the orders passed by MC Commissioner Baldeo Purushartha, no street vendor will be challaned until the survey be completed by the agency concerned. No vendor will be removed except in cases which may cause any loss to life and property or any exigency from law and order point of view, traffic problems or is under order of any court. However, the order even mentioned that no new street vendor would be allowed.
The order mentioned, “As per Chapter II Section (3) (Regulation of street vending, survey of street vendors and protection from eviction or relocation), no street vendor shall be evicted or relocated till the survey specified under sub-section (1) has been completed and the certificate of vending is issued to all street vendors.”
According to the Act, only those vendors would not be relocated that are mobile vendors, who carry out vending activities in designated area by moving from one place to another place vending their goods and services, and stationary vendors, the street vendors who carry out vending activities on a regular basis at a specific location.
Unhappy with the decision, Chandigarh Beopar Mandal chairperson Charanjeev Singh says that they will take up the issue with the Municipal Corporation and Chandigarh Administration.
“The Chandigarh Administration collects tax worth crore of rupees from traders. Surprisingly, the administration is supporting the street vendors by ignoring our pleas,” says Singh.
To implement the Street Vendors Act, 2014, the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has approved the rules, according to which the municipal corporation has drafted the scheme in consultation with the local authority and Town Vending Committee by the secretary, local government.